Even as Pentagon officials have sought to emphasize their claims of ISIS being “on the run,” ever more US ground troops are being deployed into Iraq to try to cope with ISIS offensives, with the battle of Makhmur leading to the introduction of US Marines in front-line combat roles.
Officials are trying to downplay the operation as “force protection” for Iraqi ground troops, who have been massing in the area in an effort to ultimately launch an attack on the ISIS-held city of Mosul, not far away.
The explanation is unsatisfying for several reasons, but primarily because this “tactical assembly area” already includes thousands of Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga, and these are the same troops who are supposed to attack Mosul. Yet these troops are apparently unable to even hold Makhmur, let alone advance toward Mosul.
The Makhmur District is also a key to holding oil fields around Kirkuk, and the ISIS offensive is seen by many analysts as part of an effort to ultimately regain control over those lucrative oil fields, and have been “outgunning” the thousands of Iraqi troops in the area.
Whether they’re trying to save Iraqi ground troops who still can’t stand up to ISIS, or save oil fields, however, the latest escalation puts US troops even further in harm’s way, and has put the war even further afield from the “no boots on the ground” affair initially promised by the Obama Administration.
13 thoughts on “US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields”
Do the oil fields belong to some European oil company…or to ISIS?
No they belong to Exxon Mobile, Shell, and all the other oil companies The USA has their head stuck up their butts. Face it NOTHING belongs to ANYONE but AMERICA. Tell us we can’t have it and we have seen first hand what happens. USA throw their tantrums. Government lies and got CAUGHT AGAIN when a SOLDIER just ruined their fun and got them BUSTED by getting himself killed. STUPID MARINE, how dare he get us caught by the American people who believe everything we shovel them along with our line of bulls**t.
US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields…
What about defending the innocent Iraqis caught in the middle
of this nightmare the USG is responsible for in the first place?
Despite the rhetoric dished out from the corporate media
claiming ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, the first thing the USG did
when it invaded Iraq in 2003 was grab its oil fields.
I was curious back in the early 2000’s and asked how many innocent people had the USA killed in Iraq? My question was answered by people telling me WHO CARE? Well for one thing, I care. These are people who have NEVER touched us or even thought about us until we ILLEGALLY BOMBED their country and MURDERED their Leader. IT is okay for the USA to go around the world murdering, just don’t let America be offended by it. The USA DOESN’T like competition messing up their accounting on their TERRORIST MILITARY OPERATION! TOO much of a COWARD to be HELD ACCOUNTABLE for any of it ATROCITIES.
I for one am ASHAMED to be an AMERICAN and don’t like my tax dollars being used to MURDER in my name.
America acts like the big bully, but when you put yourself above the laws and REFUSE to be held accountable. You are the BIGGEST COWARD IN THE WORLD! If the USA weren’t such cowards the largest amount of shootings would NOT be from toddlers shooting their mother in the back while she is driving.
“O”peration “I”raqi “L”iberation
What it was always about. Freedom and democracy my ass!
I guess Trump has influence after all.
It was always all about the oil and deadbeat Israel.
Drop a bomb on the whole damn mess, if we have Americans there let the government be responsible for explaining how they got caught in the mess, once again trying to F**K the people of the world which is GOVERNMENTS NUMBER 1 JOB!
I was wondering why the price of gasoline went up 10 cents a gallon here in the last week….
The $erial Lying DEM RENEGER’S Gonna renege on Iraq War 2 !
Just another case of the US military looking out for the interests of corporate greed in the name of “protecting American freedom.” Why aren’t all the corporate cheerleaders calling themselves Hillary voters, and all the right wing capitalists who are terrified of the word “socialism” demanding the extremely profitable oil industry hire their own military (mercenaries) to protect their interests and leave our citizen soldiers free to come home and actually protect American freedom for a change? Oh, except for that hypocrisy thing, I guess. If you want to see an end to this insanity vote Bernie Sanders 2016!
Us Marines… sent to halt the Iraqi army’s advance towards ISIS.
America is and always has been ISIS’ army and air force… as ISIS=
ISRAELI SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE.
They’re there to protect the ISIS captured oil fields
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